Review: Women in Ministry: Emerging Questions about the Diaconate

Women in Ministry: Emerging Questions about the Diaconate by Phyllis Zagano
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The primary reason this book received three stars rather than four is a simple one. This wasn’t a book that developed one single argument across its very short 56 pages, but rather a collection of three essays. The essays in question were not necessarily connected to each other, other than in general thrust, and as such there was much repetition across the three essays of the same bases for the author’s argument. I found this repetition very distracting.

That being said, the individual essays are well worth reading, particularly in light of the move by Pope Francis to establish a commission to examine the possibility of ordaining women to the diaconate. Zagano might well argue that the establish of such a commission is another attempt at delaying, since she stridently argues that the Catholic Church already has the authority and power to ordain women deacons.

Zagona’s arguments are based on solid historical research and logical thought, and in the right context could be most convincing. I highly recommend readers judge her success for themselves.

Highly recommended.

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